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Friends of Genesee Theatre

The mission of the Friends of the Historic Genesee Theatre is to serve the cultural, educational and economic needs of the community by supporting quality diverse entertainment that brings smiles, laughter, warmth and lasting memories to every patron at excellent values.

Our mission will be achieved by raising funds which will be reinvested in making the theater a catalyst for Waukegan’s civic pride and success as a permanent leader in cultural, educational and economic development in the community.

You can aid in this worthy mission in several ways – through direct service by becoming a member of the Board; as a contributor to a number of membership and sponsorship opportunities; or by volunteering to assist with yearly events and functions.

2015 Membership Program

Footlight

You can become a Footlight member for a donation of $300.00 per annum to The Friends of the Historic Genesee Theatre (a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization). Your $300 donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. With your Footlight Membership you will receive many unique opportunities befitting the status of membership including:

  • Bar Discounts
  • Invitation to Annual Appreciation Dinner
  • Recognition on Genesee Website
  • Discounts on Genesee Merchandise
  • Presale Tickets - Buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public!

STAGELIGHT

You can become a Stagelight member for a donation of $1000.00 per annum to The Friends of the Historic Genesee Theatre (a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization). Your $1000 donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. With your Stagelight Membership you will receive many unique opportunities befitting the status of membership including:

  • Bar Discounts
  • Invitation to Annual Appreciation Dinner
  • Recognition on Genesee Website
  • Discounts on Genesee Merchandise
  • Presale Tickets - Buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public!
  • VIP Seat Selection 
  • 4 Complementary Parking Vouchers
  • Invitation to Members Only Events

SPOTLIGHT

You can become a Spotlight member for a donation of $2500.00 per annum to The Friends of the Historic Genesee Theatre (a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization). Your $2500 donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. With your Spotlight Membership you will receive many unique opportunities befitting the status of membership including:

  • Bar Discounts
  • Invitation to Annual Appreciation Dinner
  • Recognition on Genesee Website
  • Discounts on Genesee Merchandise
  • Presale Tickets - Buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public!
  • Unlimited VIP Seat Selection
  • 10 Complementary Parking Vouchers
  • Invitation to Members Only Events
  • Welcome Package Upon Enrollment
  • Discounts on Theatre and Lounge Rental Fees
  • Special "Last Call" Discounts for Select Shows

Friends of Genesee Board members

  • Mr. Brian Shenker, Chairman of the Board

Operations Board members

  • Mr. Roy Cox, Vice Chairman of Operations
  • Mr. Brian Golwitzer Sr., Executive Secretary
  • Mr. Harry Gaples
  • Ms. Stephanie Sim
  • Mr. John Hough

DEVELOPMENT BOARD MEMBERS

  • Ms. Debra Halas, Vice Chairman of Development
  • Mr. Michael P. Rhoades, Treasurer
  • Ms. Irene Edgar
  • Mr. Gary Munda
  • Mr. Todd Mundorf
  • Alderman Edith Newsome
  • Ms. Ann Taylor
  • Mr. Philip Tobin
  • Mr. Juan Garcia

Honorary Board OF DIRECTORS

  • Mr. Kevin Anderson
  • Ms. Conni Marie Brazelton
  • Mr. Neil Flynn
  • Mr. Michael Fosberg
  • Mr. Patrick Read Johnson
  • Mr. Russell Nype
  • Ms. Anita Padilla
  • Mr. Chuck Waters
  • Mr. Fred Abdula, In Memoriam
  • Mr. Ray Bradbury, In Memoriam
  • Mr. Paul Chervin, In Memoriam
  • Mr. Jerry Orbach, In Memoriam
  • Ms. Eleanor Taylor-Bland, In Memoriam

For more information about the Friends of the Historic Theatre and how you can become a part of this valuable organization, please contact Tracy Neill at 847.782.2366.